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By Kelvin Owens

Well, the writing's been on the wall for a hot minute, but today it's finally been confirmed: according to Variety, Ben Affleck will not return as the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves' The Batman. The news follows this morning's reveal that Reeves' Bat-film will be taking a more detective-centric approach to DC's iconic character.

The reason for the actor's ousting is said to be because the film will, instead, opt to focus on a younger Bruce Wayne -- something that had been rumored in the past. Affleck appeared as Batman in several DC films, and while none of those movies ended up being very good, Affleck always struck us as a great Batman. It's unfortunate he won't get a chance to play the character for Reeves, but we suppose this makes sense: word on the street suggests The Batman is looking for a younger Bruce Wayne, a Batman who hasn't already survived an entire career (and, yes, gone a little gray) fighting crime in Gotham City. 

The director turned in the initial draft of the script in September, and Heroic Hollywood owner Umberto Gonzalez revealed Reeves delivered a rewrite of the script at the end of 2018.
The Batman is one of the many projects currently being developed by Warner Bros. and DC Films, including The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Cyborg, Supergirl, New Gods, and Nightwing.

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